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Undergraduate Program

Majors

Creative Writing

THE CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR REQUIREMENTs
(for students entering Miami University in August 2014 or later)

Artist's accordion bookCreative Writing majors in this program complete 39 hours of courses, beginning with two introductory courses in creative writing and literary and cultural studies.  After this introduction, majors complete 33 hours of coursework: four creative writing courses; five literature courses chosen according to the distribution requirements outlined below, a senior capstone, and an elective. For information about the combined B.A. / M.A. in Creative Writing program, please visit our Graduate Program section.

For descriptions of courses, consult the Miami Bulletin; for descriptions of courses not listed in the Bulletin, consult the Department.

CORE REQUIREMENTS:

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
PRIOR TO FALL 2014
Creative Writing Major (pdf)

1.  Introductory Courses (6 total credit hours)
A. Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
ENG 226  Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry

B. Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
 ENG 298  Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

2.  Creative Writing Courses (12 total credit hours)
Choose four:
ENG 213 Writing for Media (3)
ENG 320  Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (3; maximum 6)
ENG 321  The Literary Marketplace (3)
ENG 323  Creative Non-Fiction (3)
ENG 330  Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (3; maximum 6)
ENG 420  Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop (3)
ENG 422  Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3)
ENG 430  Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop (3)

NOTES:

3.  Senior Capstone (3 total credit hours)
Choose one:
ENG 460  Issues in Creative Writing (3)
ENG 495  Capstone in Literature (3)

4.  English Elective Hours (3 total credit hours)
Choose an elective from the English Department (in creative writing, literature, professional writing, or linguistics) at the 200 level and above, or choose an elective at the 200 level and above from a related area outside the English Department. Please see below (on the back of this handout) for a list of pre-approved elective courses. 

5. Literature Courses (15 total credit hours)
I. Genre (3 credit hours)
Choose one:
ENG 231  The Short Story (3)
ENG 259  Modern World Novel (3)
ENG 261  Modern Drama (3)
ENG 281  The English Novel (3)
ENG 282  American Fiction  (3)
ENG 283  Modern Poetry (3)
ENG 311   Contemporary Fiction (3)
ENG 312   Contemporary Poetry (3)
ENG 450  Studies in Genre (3)
ENG 468  Gender and Genre (3)

II. Literature of Earlier Periods (6 credit hours)
Choose two. No more than one 100-level course may be used to fulfill literature requirements. No more than one course can focus on Shakespeare. ENG 440, 450, and 490 MAY count when the topic/time period is appropriate.

ENG 131   Life and Thought in English Literature, to 1660 (3)
ENG 132   Life and Thought in English Literature,1660-1901 (3)
ENG 134   Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
ENG 141   Life and Thought in American Literature, to 1865 (3)
ENG 221   Shakespeare and Film (3)
ENG 251   Life and Thought in European Literature, to 1800 (3)
ENG 327   Medieval Literature (3)
ENG 328  The Renaissance: Non-dramatic Literature (3)
ENG 331  17th-Century Poetry and Prose (3)
ENG 332  Early British Women Writers (3)
ENG 334  English Literature of the Restoration (3)
ENG 335   English Literature of the 18th Century (3)
ENG 336   African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
ENG 339   Writers of the Early Romantic Period (3)
ENG 342   Writers of the Later Romantic Period (3)
ENG 349   Colonial and Early National American Literature, to 1810 (3)
ENG 352  American Literature, 1810-1865 (3)
ENG 372  Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Early Period (3)
ENG 373  Shakespeare’s Principal Plays: The Later Period (3)
ENG 374  English Renaissance Drama (3)

III.  Literature of Later Periods (6 credit hours)
Choose two. No more than one 100-level course may be used to fulfill literature requirements. ENG 440, 450, and 490 may count when the topic/time period is appropriate.

ENG 133   Life and Thought in English Literature, 1901-Present (3)
ENG 142   Life and Thought in American Literature, 1865-1945 (3)
ENG 143   Life and Thought in American Literature, 1945-Present (3)
ENG 230J   Jewish American Literature, 1945-Present (3)
ENG 232   American Women Writers (3)
ENG 233   British Women Writers (3)
ENG 246   Native American Literature (3)
ENG 248   Asian American Literature (3)
ENG 252   Life and Thought in European Literature, 1800-Present (3)
ENG 254   Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
ENG 293   Contemporary American Fiction (3)
ENG 337   African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
ENG 338   African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
ENG 343   English Literature of the Early Victorian Period (3)
ENG 344   English Literature of the Later Victorian Period (3)
ENG 345   British Modernism (3)
ENG 347   Postwar/Postcolonial British Literature (3)
ENG 348   Ethnic American Literatures (3)
ENG 353   American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)
ENG 354   American Literature, 1914-1945 (3)
ENG 355   American Literature, 1945-Present (3)  

IV. Minority, Ethnic, or Women’s Literature (3 credit hours)

NOTE: A course taken in order to fulfill a separate literature requirement may also count towards this requirement. This requirement may also be fulfilled by a course taken as elective hours.

ENG 230J Jewish American Literature (3)   
ENG 232  American Women Writers (3)
ENG 233  British Women Writers (3)
ENG 237  GLBTQ Literature (3)
ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)
ENG 248  Asian American Literature (3)
ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
ENG 332  Early British Women Writers (3)
ENG 336  African-American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
ENG 337 African-American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
ENG 338 African-American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)
ENG 369  Colonial & Postcolonial Literatures (3)
ENG 435  Queer Theory (3)
ENG 468  Gender and Genre (3)

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR MAJOR: 39 hours